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This content is taken from the The International Platform on Sport and Development, Commonwealth Secretariat & Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT)'s online course, Sport for Sustainable Development: Designing Effective Policies and Programmes. Join the course to learn more.


You’ve probably come to this course because you are interested in sport. Particularly in the use of sport as a tool for making a difference to people and the world we live in. Both sport-based policies and development programmes can contribute towards getting us closer to this ultimate vision or goal, be it at the local, national or international level.

In the video above, Oliver Dudfield from the Commonwealth explains the value and challenges of using sport in development. The Commonwealth is a good example of an organisation working on the topic, but it is not limited to Commonwealth member states. From football in Brazil and basketball in the Philippines to rugby in Laos and capoeira in Lebanon, organisations worldwide are using sport to tackle a range of social, economic and environmental challenges.

This course aims to explain the ‘sport and development’ landscape and important elements of devising successful policy and programmes. It will also provide you with the tools and frameworks to influence change.

There’s a lot to get through this week but – to use a sporting expression – remember, change is a marathon, not a sprint!

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Sport for Sustainable Development: Designing Effective Policies and Programmes

The International Platform on Sport and Development